Celebrities With Bizarre Food Habits

It's no secret that celebrities can sometimes exhibit odd or eccentric behavior in various aspects of their lives. In some cases, that will extend to the food they eat, and how they eat it. Case in point: the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, swears by her kitchen trick of slow-boiling zucchini for several hours and then tossing the resultant "filthy, sexy mush" on top of pasta — which, she promises, is nowhere nearly as vile as it may sound.

Meanwhile, some stars have divulged the off-kilter ways in which they consume their favorite foods. Model/TV host Chrissy Teigen, for example, revealed her odd way of enjoying Doritos in an interview with Delish. "I lick off the nacho cheese seasoning and put the chips back in the bag," she explained. "You still get all the flavor, not all the carbs!"

While examples like those may appear strange to non-famous folks, it's merely the tip of the culinary iceberg when it comes to the weird, wild, and wonderfully wacky food quirks that some celebs have developed. For further proof, read on to discover even more celebrities with bizarre food habits.  

Jessica Biel - Eating in the shower

Jessica Biel raised eyebrows back in 2016 when she shared a social media post (since deleted) detailing how she combined eating with showering. When she appeared on The Tonight Show a few months later, host Jimmy Fallon displayed a copy of the photo she shared of an empty plate next to a cup of coffee in the shower. "Yes. I eat in the shower. I admit it. Chicken apple sausage and espresso. Try it. I dare you," she wrote in the caption.

"This is just mom life," Biel explained. She welcomed a son with husband Justin Timberlake back in 2015. "I don't know if anybody else does this. I do not have time. I don't have time for anything. I'm feeding him in the morning, trying to get ready and I realize I haven't eaten, I just take it into the shower ... Sometimes it's a huge success, sometimes it's a huge failure."

As she told Fallon, "sausage works great," while a bowl of cereal could also suffice, since "if you get a little water in the milk, not a big deal." However, she didn't recommend attempting to eat a sandwich while showering.

Shailene Woodley - Eating clay

One of Shailene Woodley's favorite things to eat isn't even food. In a 2014 interview with Into the Gloss, the "Big Little Lies" star declared her love of eating clay, insisting it's "one of the best things you can put in your body."

Woodley was first turned onto the idea, she explained, by an African cab driver. "I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn't absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes," she said. "And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body."

During Woodley's 2014 appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," curious host Letterman questioned her about the clay-eating habit. As Today recounted, Letterman asked Woodley to explain "the difference between clay and dirt." As the audience laughed, Woodley admitted, "That's a great question." She did not, it turned out, have a great answer. "Um, I think dirt is ... they're made from different matter. It's a different earth material. I'm not smart enough to answer that question." 

Kourtney Kardashian - Taking apart Kit Kat bars

Halloween trick-or-treating with Kourtney Kardashian must be a trip. That's because the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star has demonstrated her singularly unique — and undeniably bizarre — way of consuming certain candy. In 2016, she recorded a video to share her six-step process of eating a Kit Kat bar, revealing her sister Kim taught her the technique. After separating one of the bar's fingers, she then eats the chocolate from each end, followed by the chocolate from each side. Then, she pulls off the top layer and eats that, leaving the naked wafer exposed — which she then separates into layers that are eaten individually.

"This tastes so much better. Like, I would never even dream to eat a Kit Kat and just, like, bite into it," she said. "I guarantee if you do it once, you will never eat a Kit Kat any other way."

She subsequently released another video, in which she consumes a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in much the same manner, all while discussing the popularity of the previous video with sis Khloé. "People say we have no talent," declared Kourt. "Don't underestimate the talent of Kourtney Kardashian."

The Queen of England - Eating bananas with a fork

Anyone who's watched Netflix's The Crown would certainly agree that the British royals have some extremely quirky rules by which they abide. Some of these involve food, with meals often becoming elaborate, etiquette-laden production numbers.

The head of the clan, the late Queen Elizabeth II, was known to have some very specific food preferences, such as her aversion to starchy food and rare meat. Her Majesty was, however, a big fan of fresh fruit, including bananas. Naturally, the manner in which the Queen eats a banana is markedly different from the way that a commoner would do it.

In his book "Eating Royally," former royal chef Darren McGrady writes that the Queen ate her bananas using a knife and fork. The reason, McGrady's spokesperson confirmed to Insider, was so she wouldn't appear to be eating "like a monkey." According to McGrady (who also served as personal chef to Princess Diana), the Queen cut off the top and bottom of the banana and then sliced the skin lengthwise so it's easy to remove. She then sliced up the banana into bite-sized chunks and speared them with a fork.

Channing Tatum - Adding crunch to PB&J sandwiches

There's no sandwich more beloved than the humble PB&J, yet there are those who can't help themselves from tinkering with this time-tested combination of bread, peanut butter, and jelly. Elvis Presley, for example, was renowned for adding bacon and banana to his peanut butter and then frying up the whole mess in a skillet.

Channing Tatum also put his own unique spin on the PB&J, which he revealed during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session. Responding to a query asking him to describe his "perfect sandwich," Tatum admitted that making the sandwich is "very complicated" and quite specific. The recipe includes white bread, peanut butter ("not crunchy, creamy"), and "grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread." The final component was "some Cheetos shoved in there, and then you're good to go."

During that same Reddit Q&A, Tatum also expressed his love of Chili's — particularly the eatery's chicken crispers. In addition, he declared his favorite flavor of ice cream to be cookie dough and his pizza preference as just pepperoni and cheese. "I'm not a very adventurous eater," he admitted.

Ed Sheeran - Traveling with ketchup

Fans of Ed Sheeran know the British singer-songwriter loves ketchup. Like, seriously loves ketchup, so much so that one of his multiple tattoos features the logo of his preferred brand, Heinz

Sheeran's ketchup obsession is so intense that he's taken extreme measures to ensure he'll never have to endure a ketchup-free meal. A source told Page Six that Sheeran had "run out of patience with going to places that don't serve it while he's touring." As a result, the source added, "He's made it a duty of key members of his entourage to carry a bottle wherever he goes so he can have it with everything from his morning sausage butty [British slang for sandwich] to upmarket dinners."

When a poll of British kids voted him as the number one choice to lead the nation as U.K. prime minister, Sheeran posted a photo of the headline on Instagram — along with a ketchup-related promise to his future constituents. "I can't even think of a caption for this let alone run the country but I would make 5 am illegal and ketchup compulsory in all places with chips," he wrote.

Nicolas Cage - Eating animals with specific mating habits

Nicolas Cage has been seen as somewhat eccentric, known for his offbeat performances and giving bizarre interviews. Then there are his wacky shopping habits. Remember when he had a special pyramid-shaped mausoleum constructed for himself? Or how about the time he spent $276,000 to purchase a dinosaur skull that was later revealed to have been stolen from Mongolia?

Apparently, Cage's eccentricity extends to the type of food he consumes. While promoting a film in 2010, he discussed his food preferences with The Sun (as reported by The Telegraph). "I love all animals. I have a fascination with fish, birds, whales — sentient life — insects, reptiles," said Cage, who revealed that he has no problem eating some of those animals — but offered very specific criteria when he dropped a weird bombshell.

"I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex. I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds," he explained. "But pigs, not so much. So I don't eat pig meat or things like that. I eat fish and fowl."

Jennifer Lawrence - Combining pizza and chili

Jennifer Lawrence sat down for an interview with Glamour, revealing such details about herself as her favorite curse word and that her "signature scent" was red wine, which she joked "is always seeping from my pores." She was also asked to describe her "greatest food invention," and her answer was both awesome and, to be honest, a little bit frightening. 

"It's called a chili pizza sandwich," JLaw declared and then proceeded to outline how to create it. "You have a piece of pizza, you put chili in it, Southern chili, with noodles, and then another piece of pizza, and then you eat it like a sandwich," she explained. Answering an obvious question that would likely spring to mind after reading that description, the "Hunger Games" star vehemently insisted that she invented the bizarre concoction when she "was completely sober, totally sober."

People's associate food and lifestyle editor Shay Spence replicated Lawrence's culinary creation and weighed in with a review. It was, Spence declared, "so. dang. good." In fact, he admitted, "I ate the whole thing. I am a monster."

Chelsea Peretti - Ignoring cake frosting

Chelsea Peretti, known for her role in cop sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," shared a photo via Twitter in 2018 that garnered a lot of attention. The photo depicts a large slab of chocolate cake, with the cake carved out while the frosting remained nearly perfectly intact. "This is how I eat cake," she wrote. "Not that into frosting."

Peretti later appeared on "The Late Late Show," with host James Cordon confronting her about the outrage her post sparked amongst the cake-loving community. He pointed to a story that appeared in People, noting that she "polarized the internet with her cake-eating method." Corden also referenced a piece that ran on Today, asking if there was a "right way" to eat cake after "celeb tweet sparks a dessert debate."

As Peretti explained to Corden, it's not that she hates frosting; in fact, as she pointed out, a closer look at the photo indicates that she actually did chow down on a small bit of it. What she doesn't enjoy, however, is "two-inch-thick" frosting. "I don't like when it's a chunk of butter," she quipped. 

Michael Bublé - Eating corn on the cob differently

Back in 2016, the internet went nuts when paparazzi photos emerged of Canadian crooner Michael Bublé chowing down on an ear of corn during a family day at Disneyland. It wasn't the fact that he was eating corn on the cob that garnered the attention, but the weird way in which he was doing it. Rather than holding the ear horizontally and chew off the kernels, as a normal person would, he was seen inserting the entire end of the cob into his mouth. You know, in the manner one would eat an ice cream cone. Numerous folks on social media were quick to take him to task for such an inefficient — not to mention weird — way of consuming corn on the cob.

Users of Reddit, in fact, went particularly wild, using Photoshop to alter the pic with all sorts of silliness. All that online furor eventually made its way to Bublé, who responded with a tongue-in-cheek tweet.

"This is vegetable harassment!!!" he wrote jokingly. "What I do with my Cobb [sic] is nobody's business." He ended his Twitter missive with a trio of hashtags: #mesocorny, #paparazzi, and #shuckme.

Gene Simmons - Adding ice cubes to cereal

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has become as well known for his anything-for-a-buck branded band merchandise — ranging from KISS Kondoms to the still mind-boggling KISS Kasket.

Yet when it came to controversy, Simmons found himself knee-deep in it when he shared a pair of photos on Twitter in January 2020. "Anyone else put ice cubes in their cereal?" he asked in the caption to the photos, which featured a mix of Oreo O's and Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal, milk, and a few ice cubes floating in a bowl.

Simmons' frigid cereal habit earned him some hilarious wisecracks from his Twitter followers — including former baseball great Lenny Dysktra. "This is weird, even to a guy who jokes about having, when playing for the #Phillies, been putting steroids in his cereal," Dykstra tweeted. Simmons even received some social media scorn from members of his own family. Wife Shannon Tweed tweeted "No no no!" while their son Nick wrote in a since-deleted tweet, published in Us Weekly"30 years. 30 years watching him do this. This is my life."

Adrienne Bailon-Houghton - Adding fruit punch to tuna salad

Viewers of a 2019 video from Cheetah Girls star Adrienne Bailon-Houghton wondered if she'd experienced some kind of short-circuit with her tastebuds when they witnessed the bizarre flavor combination she declared a favorite. In the video, an episode of her YouTube series "All Things Adrienne," Bailon-Houghton bragged, "I've been told that I make the most incredible tuna fish salad. Like you guys don't even understand ... My tuna fish does not taste fishy, number one, and number two, it's got mad flavor."

The secret of that flavor came, strangely enough, by pouring some fruit punch into the mixture. "No one can tell me that doesn't taste bomb!" she insisted after explaining she invented her unique version of tuna salad while trying to come up with the perfect after-school snack. 

She then took it a step further by dunking her tuna sandwich into a glass of fruit punch, then bringing out her skeptical producer to give it a try. "I promise you it's good!" Bailon-Houghton said, offering a taste. After squeamishly taking a bite, the producer had to admit that "it's really good!"

Giada De Laurentiis - Dunking cookies in lemonade

If fruit punch and tuna salad is an outside-the-box combination, Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis has another out-there way to use a sweet beverage as a flavor enhancement. In an interview with Delish, the host of such series as "Giada at Home" and "Giada Entertains" revealed how much she enjoys dipping cookies — specifically Nilla wafers and Milanos — in lemonade.

Simply conjuring up the taste with her imagination, described Delish, De Laurentiis closed her eyes and went "yuuuum" after declaring, "You've got to try it."

During that conversation, in which De Laurentiis divulged what she ate during a typical day, she admitted she has a tendency to consume smaller portions more frequently. "I don't eat a lot of food at any point in time," she explained. "I basically snack all day long." She does, however, start her day with a substantive — if unusual — breakfast of brown rice flavored with some salt and olive oil. The latter, De Laurentiis explained, "really does help the complexion," while the rice leaves her feeling satiated yet "really light." 

North West - Eating onions like apples

Eating raw onions isn't that unusual. We eat raw onions all the time in sandwiches and salads. However, Kim Kardashian's daughter North West doesn't bother with peeling or slicing her onions before she turns them into a snack. In the footage from the Hulu show "The Kardashians," she eats an onion with the peel on rather than off. In the episode, she's making sushi and fried chicken with her mom when she bites into an onion – skin and all – like she's been doing it all of her life. Her mom asks, "You're just going to eat an onion like it's an apple? This is what she does, people. She eats veggies like apples."

You do see the peel fall from her mouth in one scene, and she looks like she's about to spit another piece of skin out of her mouth before the film cuts momentarily. So it appears that she's not eating the peel as she eats the onion. Still, not too many people walk around chomping into an onion so casually.

If you're thinking of giving West's onion-eating method a try, keep in mind that onion skins are not easy to break down and chew with your teeth. So, they can pose a choking hazard. Onion peels, like most fruit and vegetable peels, are full of vitamins and nutrients. Because of their nutritional content and flavor, lots of people save them to help flavor stocks.

Taylor Swift - Eating while sleeping

If you've ever heard the siren call of cold pizza from the fridge in the middle of the night, you know that the compulsion to eat when you should be sleeping can sometimes be strong. However, when singer Taylor Swift has the compulsion to eat in the middle of the night, she's not even awake.

This information about Swift came to light on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" when DeGeneres asked her what she does if she can't sleep at night. Swift said, "I go downstairs and rummage through the kitchen and eat whatever I can find, and it's really less like a human being and more like a raccoon in a dumpster." However, she never remembers having done it and says, "It's not really voluntary" (via YouTube).

A sleep specialist from Ohio State University, Dr. Jesse Mindel, told the Daily Mail that sleep eating generally happens when someone is disturbed before REM sleep. The brain switches into a mode that's more like being awake. Then, they sleepwalk and eat whatever they can find. Mindel says, "They don't make food, typically, they grab and eat whatever they get their hands on — raw meat, sticks of butter, mayonnaise — and they don't remember any of it." He says that sleep eating can get dangerous because people don't always grab items that are actual food and have even been known to drink cleaning chemicals.

Selena Gomez - Being obsessed with pickles

Singer and actress Selena Gomez has a pickle obsession, which seems to have started in childhood. Not only does she like to eat pickles and drink pickle juice, but she always keeps pickles backstage along with water to help keep hydrated. However, she likes pickle flavor on other things as well. When Gomez was on the Kelly Clarkson show, she revealed that, as a child living in Texas, she went to a snow cone stand that sold dill pickle juice snow cones with grape pieces in them. As Gomez explained in a clip Clarkson posted on Instagram, "If you're from the South, you understand that pickles are a part of our life."

She loves pickles so much that she's even joked about putting out a pickle cookbook. When she was on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," she brought Fallon some Texas-style popcorn that she made by shaking plain popcorn in a bag with Tobasco hot sauce and salt. Then, you dip the spicy popcorn into pickle juice before popping it into your mouth. When she's in Texas, she even likes getting pickles when she goes to the movies to accompany her popcorn. Unfortunately, not every state sells pickles at the movies, which she finds disappointing.

However, not all pickle products are fair game. The British snack Pickled Onion Monster Munch made her feel sick.

Khloé Kardashian - Stacking cookies in cookie jars

When most of us put cookies in our cookie jars, we don't pay much attention to form. However, after seeing the beautiful way media personality Khloé Kardashian stacks her cookies, you might just change your method. She calls these her "Khlo-c-d Cookie Jars." Fans first noticed her cookie-stacking method after she posted a picture of a flower arrangement on Instagram and fans went mad for the fantastic cookie jar in the background instead.

She owns several huge glass cookie jars. Once a month, she uses about four and a half packs of store-bought cookies like Oreos to fill each jar. She circles a layer around the bottom of the jar and then places subsequent layers on top of the cracks between the cookies to create a basket-weave effect instead of vertical stacks. The result is a cookie jar that looks like a work of art. Kardashian says she often replaces cookies as people eat them to keep the jars looking nice.

Nicole Kidman - Eating insects

When Nicole Kidman appeared on Vanity Fair's "Secret Talent Theatre," she demonstrated her "talent" for eating bugs. She showed up dressed in formalwear for a fancy meal and proceeded to use chopsticks to eat a 4-course meal of insects and worms or "micro livestock" as she calls them. "I'm telling you," she says, "I'd win 'Survivor.'"

The first she eats are live bluish-green colored hornworms. She had difficulty describing the flavor but called them "extraordinary" as well as "moist and chewy." The second course she revealed was a dish full of squirming live mealworms, which she described as tasting fruity. Her third course was crickets, which she said were like eating a "hairy nut." The insect she seemed to enjoy eating most, however, was her dessert item — fried grasshoppers. She called them "exquisite" and recommended them to viewers.

If Kidman's culinary adventures with insects make you curious, there are plenty of ways you can start cooking with bugs. As her fried grasshopper dessert item shows, you don't necessarily have to eat them live ... thank goodness.

Scott Foley - Adding peanut butter to scrambled eggs

There are lots of ingredients you can add to your scrambled eggs to take them to the next level. However, actor Scott Foley puts an ingredient on his that we would never think of — peanut butter.

He demonstrates this interesting ingredient addition on Instagram. Not only does Foley eat it, but he asks one of his young sons in the video if he wants more peanut butter on his eggs. He calls it a "protein thing" and a "family thing." To make his scrambled eggs, Foley scrambles his eggs as usual and then adds a spoonful or two of Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter on top.

Fans were obsessed with the idea. It only took half an hour for the video to get 10,000 views, and it has racked up over 99,000 views since Foley first posted it in 2017. In defense of the idea, a commenter reminded everyone that eggs and peanuts are both ingredients of pad Thai. So maybe we shouldn't knock it until we try it. One commenter said they add honey to their peanut butter eggs. Someone else even suggested making a peanut butter omelet filled with bacon and jam.

Bella Ramsey - Swapping milk for orange juice

When actor Pedro Pascal and actress Bella Ramsey were playing the game "The Last Time I..." on a segment for The Hollywood Reporter, Ramsey revealed that she uses an unusual liquid on her breakfast cereal. Instead of topping it with milk, she uses orange juice.

The question The Hollywood Reporter posed to the "Last of Us" stars was to reveal the last meal they ate. Ramsey surprised everyone by saying her last meal was "cornflakes and bran with dried strawberries in with orange juice instead of milk." When Pascal questioned her choice of orange juice instead of milk, she said the substitution was "so good." Years ago, she substituted orange juice in her cereal when she couldn't find a dairy alternative. She said once she tried it, she "loved it and it's been a thing ever since." Since she doesn't drink dairy, it makes a great regular alternative.

So, next time you're out of your favorite milk and you have some orange juice in the fridge, you might follow her lead.